NH Club Notes: Junior Grangers welcome to party on Saturday

August 09. 2017 9:12PM
Members of the Greater Lowell Indian Cultural Association gave a presentation for the Matthew Thornton Chapter, DAR. Front from left are Macayla “Spirit Dancer” Libby, Dawn “Quiet Rabbit Seeking” Libby, Tracy Claudio, Tom “Eagle Rising” Libby and Rich “Crow Dancing” Dube; and in the back are Ray “Roaring Bear” Wagner, Matoskah Ashe, Dakota Ashe and Lynn Dube. (COURTESY)

HOOKSETT — Today is the deadline to sign up for the New Hampshire State Junior Grange’s party to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the first Juvenile Grange organized in the state.

Joann Brandt, the State Grange Junior director, is organizing the party, which will begin with registration at 10 a.m. Saturday at the State Grange building, 10 Riverside Drive.

Activities will include workshops on building a bird house, a bead angel craft or another craft at 10:15 a.m., followed at 10:45 a.m. by a workshop on building a boat that will float. Lunch from noon to 1 p.m. will offer hot dogs, salad, veggies, chips, watermelon, cake and ice cream. The cost of lunch is $5 for adults and free for children.

A 1 p.m. contest will have boys and girls test the boats to see if they float. Children also may bring a boat they made at home. First- and second-place finishers in three age categories will advance to a regional competition in September in the New England Grange Building during the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass.

A Junior Grange meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., followed by awards and recognitions and the Junior Degree at 2 p.m. Activities will be over by 3:30 p.m.

To sign up, email Brandt at jbrandt774@aol.com or call 642-5074 or 702-1067.

The Juvenile Grange, which is for boys and girls ages 5 to 16, started in New Hampshire when State Ceres Mary A. Farmer in 1927 organized Mountain Laurel Juvenile Grange of Northwood. She then organized Lewis W. Nute Juvenile Grange of Milton, followed by Osceola Juvenile Grange of Campton and Starr King Juvenile Grange of Jefferson.

In 1939, a National Grange record was set when three Juvenile Granges were organized in one day: Bay, Harmony and Winnisquam. The group was later renamed Junior Grange.

DAR celebrates Flag Day, Native American culture

NASHUA — The Matthew Thornton Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated Flag Day and Native American culture during its June meeting, the last before the chapter’s summer break.

The origin of the stars and stripes was discussed and rules for proper flag handling and display were reviewed. Miniature flags and copies of the “Flag Code” were given to members and guests.

Guest speaker Chief Tom “Rising Eagle” Libby and eight members of the Greater Lowell Indian Cultural Association (GLICA) presented the program. Guests also included chapter family members, State Regent Wendy Stanley Jones and members of DAR chapters in Hollis, Exeter and Keene.

Libby and GLICA members gave an overview of Northeast Native American traditions, customs and culture, with demonstrations of song and dance. The chapter said they displayed beautifully crafted regalia and Native American crafts. Libby distributed a booklet, “Pow Wow Etiquette,” to illustrate elements of Native American events such as dances, feasts and closing ceremonies and also do’s and don’ts for visitors.

For more about GLICA, visit www.glica.net.

For more about the chapter, go to matthewthornton.nhsodar.org. The chapter usually meets at 10 a.m. the third Saturday from September through December and March through June. Genealogy will be the focus of the next meeting on Sept. 16.

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